, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery will only be required to quit his parliamentary seat once the National Assembly approves his nomination, according to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.
Muturi defended the nomination for the three-time MP and retired Major-General, saying he is not required to resign just yet, as he is not a member of the Executive.
“The Kajiado Central MP has been nominated but as far as I am concerned he is still a MP entitled to all the privileges and benefits of a member and if and when he is confirmed is when we can argue that this member cannot be both in the Executive and the Legislature,” he said.
The National Assembly Speaker has also indicated members of the public have seven days to submit any information they have on Nkaissery’s suitability to assist the Committee on Appointments as it undertakes its work.
He said Nkaissery, who is a member of the Committee on Appointments, will not sit-in on any of its meetings to discuss his nomination and neither will he be allowed into the Chamber of Parliament when MPs discuss his nomination and take a vote.
“When the debate is happening in plenary, in fairness, we will advise that he should not be (in the Chamber) because if he sits in the House as a Kajiado Central MP and the debate is on; he will be entitled to make a request to contribute on the report as to whether he is suitable or unsuitable,” Muturi said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated Nkaissery on Tuesday even as he accepted the retirement of David Kimaiyo as Inspector General of Police.
Members of the National Assembly have in the time extended their sittings until December 11 to facilitate approval Nkaissery’s nomination.
MPs unanimously backed the motion presented by House Majority Leader Aden Duale to delay the Christmas recess which was to begin on December 5.
While announcing the nomination of the Nkaiserry as the replacement of the Joseph ole Lenku, President Kenyatta said he had written to the National Assembly to request that they extend their sittings to consider the issue.